Whos the Greatest Seattle Seahawks Running Back of all time?

Published on June 29, 2009 by     

sn-84profbyearbookFor the sake of not making this a 1000 word article, i will give examples of who i think are the top 2 running back’s in Seahawks History.

First is Curt Warner, from Penn State.

Here is a breakdown of his accomplishments and career-
Penn State

Warner was a standout at Pineville High School, graduating in a class of only 90 students. He would lead Penn State in rushing in 1980, 1981, and 1982, and help the Nittany Lions capture their first national championship in the 1983 Sugar Bowl.When his collegiate career was over, he owned 42 Penn State records. (His 3,398 career rushing yards and 18 100-yard rushing games remain Penn State records.) He was named an All-American twice, in 1981 and 1982.

Warner earned a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication from Penn State in 1983.

Professional career

Warner led the AFC in rushing yards his rookie season, helping his team to the franchise’s first Conference Championship game which they lost to the Los Angeles Raiders. The following year Warner suffered a torn ACL in the season opener against Cleveland and was sidelined for the rest of the year. He came back in 1985 and had a number of successful seasons before ending his career with the Los Angeles Rams.

Warner retired after eight NFL seasons, with 6,844 rushing yards, 193 receptions for 1,467 yards, and 63 touchdowns. He is a three time Pro Bowler (1983, 1986, 1987). He was inducted into the Seattle Seahawks Ring of Honor in 1994.

Here is a brief breakdown of Shaun Alexanders accomplishments –

Following graduation from Boone County in 1995, Alexander accepted a scholarship from Gene Stallings, head coach for the Alabama Crimson Tide football team. In his freshman season on campus, Alexander was redshirted.

In his first season, as a redshirt freshman, Alexander rushed for a school-record 291 yards and four touchdowns in a 26–0 victory over rivals LSU at Tiger Stadium.

Following his junior season, Alexander decided to return for his senior season rather than leaving early for the NFL. After initially being given Heisman Trophy consideration to start the season, those hopes would fade as the season progressed and ended with a sprained ankle versus Tennessee. Alexander still played a key role in leading the Tide to the SEC Championship in 1999, with his game-winning 25–yard touchdown run against #3-ranked Florida in overtime. In the fourth quarter of the 1999 Iron Bowl versus rivals Auburn, Alexander led a comeback as he scored three rushing touchdowns in the 28–17 victory, finishing the game with 199 total yards.

Seattle Seahawks

2000–2004

Alexander was drafted in the 2000 NFL Draft in the first round as the nineteenth overall pick. The Seahawks acquired the pick in the draft following a trade that sent wide receiver Joey Galloway to the Dallas Cowboys. In his rookie season, Alexander saw limited action behind starter Ricky Watters, rushing for just 313 yards and two touchdowns.

In Alexander’s second season in the NFL, he became the Seahawks featured running back, following injuries and eventual retirement of Watters. Alexander rushed for 1,318 yards and fourteen touchdowns, only behind Marshall Faulk for total touchdowns. The offensive line was led by Pro Bowler Walter Jones and rookie Steve Hutchinson. On ESPN Sunday Night Football on November 11, 2001, versus AFC West rivals Oakland Raiders at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Alexander rushed for a franchise record 266 yards on thirty-five carries.

In 2002, he started all 16 games en route to an NFC leading (and franchise record) 16 rushing touchdowns, four of which came in the first half of Seattle’s September 29, 2002 game against the Minnesota Vikings in only the second regular-season game ever at Seahawks Stadium (subsequently renamed Qwest Field) in Seattle. He also caught an 80-yard touchdown pass in the first half. The five touchdowns in that half set an NFL record. This was another ESPN Sunday Night Football game, further growing Alexander’s reputation for performing phenomenally well in high-profile, prime time nationally televised games.

2003 was another productive year for Alexander. He rushed his way to a career high of 1,435 rushing yards and scored 16 touchdowns. Seattle also made its first playoff appearance since 2000. Alexander’s success in the 2003 season earned him his first trip to Honolulu for the annual Pro Bowl.

In 2004, Alexander remained one of the key components of Seattle’s offense. He finished second in the NFL in rushing yards (with 1,696) to the New York Jets’ Curtis Martin by a single yard. After being passed over for a late game rushing attempt during his team’s victory over the Atlanta Falcons, Alexander accused his coach Mike Holmgren of “stabbing him in the back” by denying Alexander an opportunity to win the rushing title. Alexander retracted his comments the following day, and expressed support for his coach.

In my opinion Curt Warner was most definitely the better running back not to take anything away from Shaun Alexander, but Curt was better out of the backfield running or catching the ball, there really is no comparison in my mind, hands down Curt Warner is the greatest running back the Seahawks have ever had in franchise history!

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